Los Angeles Graduation/Ordination Advisory

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Graduation/Ordination Advisory
Los Angeles, CA

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to announce the ordination, education, Jewish communal service, graduate, and honorary degree recipients of the Class of 2003. HUC-JIR, the nation’s oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional development center of Reform Judaism, trains men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal service professionals, and offers graduate and post-graduate degree programs for scholars of all faiths.

GRADUATION – MAY 19, 2003
Rabbinical School
Seven students will receive the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, leading to rabbinical ordination.

The Rhea Hirsch School of Education
Two students will receive the Joint Masters of Arts in Jewish Communal Service and Jewish Education. Four students will receive the degree of Master of Arts in Jewish Education.

The Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service
Five students will receive the Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service, and one student will receive a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service.

The Edgar R. Magnin School of Graduate Studies
One student will receive the Doctor of Hebrew Studies and three students will receive the Master of Arts in Judaic Studies.

The College-Institute will bestow honorary degrees upon the following recipients:
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D., Rector and Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Bioethics, University of Judaism
Lenore C. Kipper, R.J.E., Judaic Studies Director, Temple Beth Am Day School

Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa (for 25 years of dedicated service)
Rabbi Harold F. Caminker, Temple Beth El, Riverside, CA
Rabbi John Daniel Cooper, Chaplain, Retirement Villages, Buderim, Queensland, Australia 
Rabbi Karen L. Fox, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Rosalind Ann Gold, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston, VA
Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, Western Regional Director, American Jewish Committee, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Mark Samuel Hurvitz, Congregation Etz Chaim, Ramona, CA
Rabbi Benjamin A. Kamin, Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA
Rabbi Sheldon J. Marder, Chaplain, Jewish Home for the Aged, San Francisco, CA
Rabbi Sheldon Wayne Moss, President, Seven Blessings, Berthoud, CO
Rabbi Michael David Oblath, Professor of Ancient Israel, St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, Congregation Or Ami, Houston, TX
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz, Temple Adat Shalom, Poway, CA

Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa (for 25 years of dedicated service)
Janice P. Alper, Executive Director, Jewish Educational Services, Atlanta, GA
Adele Lander Burke, Vice President, Life-Long Learning, HUC-Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Vicki Reikes Fox, Museum Consultant, Los Angeles, CA
Nancy Pryzant Picus, Director of Judaic Studies, The Shlenker School, Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, TX
Natalie Ray, Great Neck, NY

Doctor of Jewish Communal Service, honoris causa (for 25 years of dedicated service)
Janis F. Ballin, Valley Village, CA
Wayne L. Feinstein, San Francisco, CA
Irving L. Ginsberg, Rancho Mirage, CA
Miriam Prum Hess, Vice President for Planning and Allocations, Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Marcie Schoenberg Lee, Director, Hillel Teaching Scholars Program, Hillel Jewish Student Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Deena Bubis Libman, Development Coordinator, San Diego Jewish Academy, San Diego, CA

Graduation Address
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector and Sol and Ann Dorff Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Judaism, Los Angeles

ORDINATION – MAY 25, 2003 
Rabbinical School
The Rabbinical School will ordain 13 rabbis (4 men, 9 women) in Los Angeles. In addition, 24 rabbis (12 men, 12 women) will be ordained in New York on May 4, and 19 rabbis (12 men, 7 women) will be ordained in Cincinnati on May 31.

Ordination Address
Rabbi David Ellenson, President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu